|Developer||Sony Interactive Entertainment|
|Type||Subscription gaming service|
|Platform||PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows|
PlayStation Now (PS Now) is a cloud gaming subscription service developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The platform allows users to access a selection of PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games, which can then be streamed to their PlayStation 4 and PC, with PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 4 titles optionally available to download on PlayStation 4.
Non-PlayStation devices will need a DualShock 3, 4 or any XInput-compatible controller, such as an Xbox game pad, to use the service. If members intend to stream their games, Sony recommends that players have a 5 Mbps internet connection to achieve good performance.
PlayStation Now was announced on January 7, 2014 at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. At CES, Sony presented demos of The Last of Us, God of War: Ascension, Puppeteer, and Beyond: Two Souls, playable through PS Now on Bravia TVs and PlayStation Vita. The closed beta began in the United States on January 28 with PS3, and on May 19 was extended to PS4.
To implement the service, Sony created a single motherboard equivalent to 8 PS3 console units into a server rack to allow the games to function, as opposed to software emulation, due to architectural complexity.
PlayStation Now was launched in Open Beta in the United States and Canada on PS4 on July 31, 2014, on PS3 on September 18, 2014, on PS Vita and PS TV on October 14, 2014, with support for select 2014 Bravia TVs coming later in the year. At Gamescom 2014, SCE announced that PS Now would arrive in Europe in 2015, with the United Kingdom to be the first European country to access the service. On December 24, 2014, Sony announced the PlayStation Now would expand to the other electronic brands.
On CES 2015, Sony confirmed that PlayStation Now would arrive in the North America on PS4 as full release on January 13, 2015. On March 7, 2015, it was revealed that the PlayStation Now was accessible in Europe. Official beta invites for Europe started going out to PS4 owners on April 15, 2015.
On February 17, 2017, Sony announced it would discontinue PlayStation Now on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV, Sony Bravia televisions (modeled between 2013–15), Sony Blu-ray players and all Samsung televisions by August 15, 2017.
On September 20, 2018, Sony announced that users on PlayStation 4 would be able to download PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 4 games offered via the service as Sony started to gradually roll out the new feature to subscribers. PlayStation 3 games, however, are not able to be downloaded as PlayStation 3's architecture is different from the PlayStation 4's.
On January 23, 2019, Sony announced that the service would be launching in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden later in the year. A beta for these countries launched in early February and the full service launched on March 12, 2019.
Currently all of the games available to stream in PlayStation Now are PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games. There are over 700 such games available to stream on the PlayStation service as of 2019, and new games are being added each month. Originally games were available to rent in one of four time-frames: 4-hour, 7-day, 30-day, and 90-day, however as of 2016 the service has switched to subscription only. There are two pricing options in North America for the subscription service: $19.99 for one month, and 3 months for $44.99, with 12 month year subscriptions offered occasionally as promotion. There are two pricing options in France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg: €14,99 for one month and €99,99 for 12 months.
As of September 20, 2018, users can also download PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 4 games to their PlayStation 4.
PS Now is currently available in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden.
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